Filled with nature and thrills for adrenaline junkies, Pacific Harbour, Fiji is where all the action takes place.
Think diving with bull sharks and tiger sharks (without the cage), swimming through underwater wrecks and coral, power-packed whitewater rafting, zip-lining through a rain forest canopy, and much more.
Fiji has been a favorite vacation destination for all kinds of travelers – adventure, nature, luxury, backpacker, family, and couples on their honeymoon.
Suva is the largest, as well as the capital city of Fiji and is on the island of Viti Levu, one of the two most prominent and largest islands in the country.
While the entire island of Viti Levu is filled with surprises and awe-inspiring sights, about 50 kilometers from Suva lays the “adventure capital of Fiji,” also known as Pacific Harbour.
For those of you who may have slightly sobered down with age, there is also horse-riding, kayaking, and plenty of golf action to be had.
Let us now explore all the adventurous things to do in Pacific Harbour, Fiji so you can start planning an adventure-filled trip to the beautiful island nation of Fiji.
Don’t leave home without: Lonely Planet Fiji (Travel Guide)
9 Cannot Miss Adventures in Pacific Harbour, Fiji
1. Kayaking the Navua River and Swim in the Magic Waterfall
A rather relaxed but still adventurous experience, start the day by hopping on a motorboat and take a ride along the Navua River.
Witness the laid-back local villages, farmlands, and rain forests as you glide along the glistening river.
Take time to appreciate the wildlife around you as native birds fly above your head while chirping bird songs. The trip eventually reaches the Magic Waterfall – Navua’s biggest waterfall.
Take a cooling swim in the rejuvenating waters and massage your back under the cascading falls.
The next part of this river adventure involves some fun bamboo rafting. Hop on your bamboo raft and float for half an hour all the way to a native Fijian village.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with the culture and lifestyle of local Fijians. In the village, you can enjoy a traditional Yojana ceremony followed by an authentic lovo lunch.
2. Snorkel Among the Soft Corals at Beqa Lagoon
Another popular adventure from Pacific Harbour, Fiji is a snorkeling trip to the brilliant lagoons of Beqa. The waters here are dotted with soft corals and intriguing underwater life.
The marine life at Beqa Lagoon is so colorful and there’s a very good chance that you’ll get to swim with turtles, reef sharks, and maybe even find Nemo!
Among the other underwater species found here are starfish, sea anemones, huge clams, and tuna.
If you’re very lucky, then you might even spot dolphins and whales, so keep your eyes peeled while you cruise the azure waters of Beqa Lagoon.
You can bring your own gear but it’s best to book a tour so everything you need will be provided within the package along with some needed refreshments to keep you going.
3. ZipLine Over the Wainadoi River Valley
Pacific Harbor, Fiji is regarded as the adventure capital of the country and accurately so.
If you book a zip lining tour package, this adventure will start by being picked up in a comfortable AC vehicle to the awesome zip lining location – the Wainadoi River Valley.
Tighten your seatbelts as you are now about to venture into an experience like no other. Listen to the safety instructions carefully and then climb up to the starting point of the zip line.
Get geared up and get flying 20 meters above the dramatic river valley and through the lush jungle canopy.
The Wainadoi River Valley has eight thrilling zip-lines to enjoy over a period of one and a half hours. Light refreshments are also included in the ticket price.
4. Shark Diving at Beqa Lagoon
So, what’s the big deal about diving with the sharks? After all, there will be a protective cage, right? Wrong!
There is no cage with this underwater adventure, you’ll be swimming with bull sharks and tiger sharks in their natural open water habitat.
If you’re an extreme adrenaline junkie, you will most likely have dreamt of swimming with sharks a few times (or more). Now is your chance to turn those dreams into reality at Pacific Harbor Fiji.
There are a couple of highly reputable and experienced shark diving adventure agencies in the area who can provide you with all the necessary instructions and gear you need for a safe shark dive.
At Shark Reef Marine Reserve, you can swim with eight different species of sharks and even get the chance to feed them.
For those crazy enough to give it a try the highlights are the 10-foot-long, 400-pound bull sharks. Other species you’ll see include White Tips, Black Tips, Greys, and Nurses.
This adventure books up quickly, when we contacted them 30 days before our trip they only had room to put us on the waiting list.
So make sure if this is an adventure for you, book it way in advance. Book: Ultimate Shark Encounter
5. White Water Rafting at the Upper Navua River
This is why we headed to Pacific Harbour. Hidden away near the Pacific Harbor, Fiji lays a tropical slice of paradise known as the Upper Navua River.
Lined with pristine wilderness, numerous waterfalls, and extremely stimulating rapids, it has become a favorite spot for white water rafting.
In fact, the rapids here are considered to be the best in the country. During your white water rafting trip amidst the Upper Navua Gorge, you will be riding some of the most formidable and enthralling water terrains in Fiji.
Get comfortable in your inflatable raft as you strap on your life jacket and helmet, then get ready for the ride of your life.
The Upper Navua Gorge stretches for several kilometers and there are supposed to be seventy waterfalls around the area!
On your white-knuckle rafting adventure, you’ll come across several canyons and spot endless tropical flora and fauna. Try not to fall in!
6. Freediving and Spearfishing at Pacific Harbor
A combination of adventure and fun, freediving and spearfishing at Pacific Harbor can be enjoyed by both first-timers and professionals.
On an adventure like this, it is important that you get proper instructions and good quality gear so you can safely secure the catch of your life.
A half-day charter will last about 4 hours and will take you to two different dive sites allowing around 45 minutes to an hour at each location.
You’ll get the chance to catch common tropical and pelagic species such as Spanish Mackerel, Coral Trout, and Wahoo.
Alternatively, you can take a full-day tour and spend a few more hours diving and fishing. If you’re on a shared charter you’re also welcome to take your catch away with you and relish it for dinner.
7. Day Cruise with Kayaking and Paddle-Boarding at Yanuca Island
An ideal adventure for families vacationing at Pacific Harbor, Fiji, this day cruise allows for plenty of relaxation as well as many fun activities.
Your full-day cruise package will include hotel pickup in comfortable AC vehicles followed by a boat trip to Yanuca Island for a day packed with island adventures.
Once at Yanuca Island you get the flexibility to choose from snorkeling to explore the fascinating underwater world, sea kayaking or try your hands a paddle-boarding (it’s actually easier than it looks).
You’ll also get to experience the local ceremony of kava – if you haven’t tasted kava, you haven’t fully experienced Fiji.
Wrap up your day with a scrumptious lovo lunch and watch as the crew demonstrates how to climb those long, swaying coconut palms.
8. Surfing at Yanuca Island
Frigates Reef is just a few miles away from Pacific Harbor and is known for its awesome left-hand barrels and point breaks. Whether you’re a novice or professional surfer, Frigates Reef seems to attract all levels of ability.
Located smack in the middle of the clear blue waters of Beqa Lagoon, Frigates reef is known in Fiji for its consistent surf brakes that comprise workable long breaks to fast walls and top to bottom tubes.
Book a tour so you can get there as early as possible (before it gets too crowded) and your package will also include a tasty lunch and chilled beers onboard the boat.
9. Jet Ski Safari Adventures
Fiji waters are as friendly and welcoming as the locals who strive to continually make your stay a memorable one. A Jet Ski Safari is one such adventure that allows you to spend some quality time with both.
The jet skis are extremely easy to maneuver and the instructions given to you before you begin will help you overcome challenges along the way. A tour like this will usually start early in the morning and last for 4-5 hours.
After some thrilling jet skiing, you’ll also get the chance to explore the abundance of marine life and soft corals that Fiji is so famous for.
Finish the day with a relaxing beachside lunch and at the end of the tour, you may get rewarded with a certificate of accomplishment!
Where to Stay in Pacific Harbour
You really can’t go wrong with any of the hotels in the Pacific Harbour area. Many offer a range of accommodations from luxury to budget on the same property.
Below we have put together the best places to stay in Pacific Harbour, Fiji based on luxury, mid-range, and budget.
- Top luxury hotel: Nanuku Auberge Resort
- Top mid-range hotel: Beqa Lagoon Resort
- Top budget hotel: Uprising Beach Resort
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